Sony SAL18552 f/3.5-5.6 18-55mm Lens

Standard 3X zoom lens for Sony Alpha DSLRs

Item #: 158SAL1855

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This versatile Sony is just the lens you'll need when you're not sure what's next — a dramatic landscape, a child's face out on the playground — or a candid group shot. With its quiet, redesigned autofocus motor, it excels at enabling you to gather excellent sound while shooting video. This is a lens that's built for bringing home the elusive shot no matter the shooting challenge.

It's got a useful maximum aperture range of f/3.5-5.6, so it's ready for shooting interiors or exteriors. Aspherical glass elements, plus one extra-low dispersion element make your images as sharp and artifact-free as they can be. And the rear lens element shade has been tweaked from its predecessor to provide better supression of internal reflections to further reduce flaring and ghosting.

Product Highlights:

  • DT 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 Sony zoom lens
  • compatible with Sony Alpha digital SLR cameras
  • effective focal length:
    • 27-82.5mm with APS-C sensor cameras
  • two aspherical and one ED (Extra-low Dispersion) lens element for clear images with well defined colors
  • Direct Manual Focus allows users to switch between AF and MF without taking their aiming eye from the viewfinder
  • minimum focus distance: 10"
  • minimum aperture: f/22 (at 18mm)-f/36 (at 135mm)
  • lens construction: 8 elements in 7 groups
  • diaphragm blades: 7
  • attachment/filter diameter: 55mm
  • lens is 2-7/8" in diameter, 3-1/16" long without hood or lens cap
  • weight: 7.9 oz.
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
Supplied Accessories:
  • front and rear lens caps

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  • DT18-55mm F3.5-5.6 SAM II zoom lens
  • 55mm Front lens cap (installed)
  • Rear lens cap
  • Operating Instructions
  • "Precautions Before Using" booklet
  • Warranty sheet

Features and Specs

Brand Compatibility Sony
Image Stabilization No
Focal Length 18-55mm
Maximum Aperture F3.5 (W) - 5.6 (T)
Weight 7.875 ounces
Parts Warranty 1 Year
Labor Warranty 1 Year

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Optics: The Sony DT 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 SAM II lens (SAL18552) is an update of SAL1855, and is compatible with Sony α-series (Alpha) DSLR cameras. It can also be used on an NEX-series (E-mount) camera if the LA-EA1 or LA-EA2 lens adapter is used. The DT lens is a more compact, lightweight lens, designed specifically for the APS-size CCD imager used in most Sony Alpha-series cameras. The lens employs a Smooth Autofocus Motor (SAM) to deliver smooth and silent autofocus operation, and offers a flexible focal range that allows you to capture everything from wide angle to midrange telephoto shots with ease.

Zooming: The lens allows you to rotate the zooming ring to set the desired focal length. The 18-55mm lens features a 3.0x optical zoom.

Focusing: The lens can be used in the auto-focus or manual focus mode. You can switch between focusing modes using the 2-way switch on the lens barrel.

Optional Lens Hood: The lens doesn't include a lens hood, however the optional ALC-SH108 lens hood can be used. A lens hood can help reduce flare caused by unwanted light entering the lens.


Lens DT18-55mm F3.5-5.6 SAM II
35mm Equivalent 27-82.5mm
Angle of View 76° to 29°
Minimum Focus 0.82' (9.84")
Filter Diameter 55mm
f-stop f/3.5-5.6 maximum
f/22-36 minimum
Dimensions Diameter=2.812", Length=3.038" (3.463" with caps)
Weight 7.875 ounces

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